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Old 10-29-14, 09:04 PM
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Riding on the right side of the most right lane on a 3 lane street. It's 4:20 am and no cars on the road, it's heaven! I still look occasionally to see far distance traffic coming from behind. I'm listening to some soft cristian music on the headphones. As the music lowers volume, I hear a car engine approaching. Take a look on the "take a look" mirror and don't see anything, keep looking and suddenly I see the front of a sedan right on my tail, and approaching fast. The car had no lights on and is going about 60 mph. I get a pot to my stomach that this car is going to hit me and hit me bad. I turn hard left to the empty left lanes. Didn't go right, as there is a guard rail on the right side and there is no escape that way.

As my front tire is touching the white line of the lane, I think I may have clear the car! BAAM! Metal crunching sound and my bike start to move from under me. I see myself in the air and see the hood, then the door of the car. There is a slight relive on my part that the car is not going to run me over. I land and skit 10-12' on the empty middle lane. I get up and I'm giving thank to God that my leg bones are not broken.

I look at the car and then look behind. A cop puts his lights on and go on persue of the now hit and run as I'm waving him to go on and catch the bastard. Looked to me that he was been follow by the cops, because 10 seconds latter a second patrol car stops to assist me.

I get taken to the hospital and he gets caught and put in jail for driving under the influence and hit and run.


Thi was the damage.




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Old 10-29-14, 09:28 PM
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Yes, thank God you are ok!

What a wild ride
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Old 10-29-14, 09:39 PM
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Jeeze. I had a similar experience over 20 years ago in broad daylight. Had an out so it took it. It was ugly in that I hit the curb in fear for my life and bounced down a man made ravine/water run off. The driver hit the road barrier and flipped. Cops where right there to fish me out. Not a broken bone, totaled the bike, but sliding down asphalt is brutal. Had a road rash like yours and I can still see the faint outline of the scars.

No charges for the DUI driver, he wasn't wearing his seatbelt and wasn't in the car after it flipped over, and he's not going to harm anyone ever again. God has a rather odd way of sorting things out sometimes.
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Glad you're ok, that story is friggin' scary!
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Glad you're OK. Sounds like you did a good job keeping alert.
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Wow, Thanks for sharing, what an awful ordeal but I'm so glad you are among the living and not too too banged up. And I'm really glad they caught the bastard!
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Glad you're OK.

This will hopefully make me think carefully, if there is an area that has a guard rail to my right. It removes our best "bail out" option to get away from a car.
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Yikes! Glad you are okay! Hopefully he stays in jail for a long time.
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Glad you're okay. Looks like your back rim and spokes are toast, but any other damage to the bike? Also glad to hear they caught the bastard
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' glad that you're okay. I hope the jerk lose his driver's license.
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Wow OP, helluva story. Add another to the chorus "glad you're OK, and glad they caught the bastard!"
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Glad you're ok, that's quite a story. You were pretty lucky you saw the other driver before he hit you and also that the cops were there to catch him.
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Today I got up hugging and kissing my wife and son, and almost any body I met yesterday, I hug. Great full to be here.

i started riding when I was 5, by 10 I had my paper route that I delivered in a schiwng sting ray, by 12 I bought a tricycle that I delivered donuts with. After two years selling donuts I bought a Schiwing Continental. All of the bikes (except the sting ray, which I put half the money of my shoe shine job I had before) where bought with my earnings. Giving me a sense of the dollar value and the bikes giving me independace and worth.

After college bought brand new 1984 Cannondale touring bike, presently my daily commuter. All this 50 years, I'll be 55 in December, never, never, had a car accident. And I can count with one hands the times I have fallen of the bike. I have ridden in many different countries for days at a time when I was deployed with the Air Force (30-45 days deployments) operating from the same place, giving me time to ride and explore the country I was in. Rode in England, Germany, Iceland, Egypt (Cairo), Kenya (Mombasa), Panama, Bolivia, Honduras, Saudi Arabia and Alaska. And the places I was station on, Indiana, California, Michigan, Honduras, Oklahoma and presently South Florida with UPS.

I know I could have been killed in many of this countries, more easily than the U.S. I know Sourh Florida rank among one of the worst in the nation for bicycles accidents and death. It's in the back of all our minds every time we go for a ride.

The satisfaction, enjoyment, fulfillment, the execersise, the stress relive the sense of independence, the scenery and all the senses a bike ride stimulates, it's worth the risk to us bikers!

So, on Saturday, I'll go back to work on my trusty Cannondale, with a new appreciation for life, a renew respect for the road and some keen senses to go ride again!

Thanks everybody for the good wishes and love!

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Glad you're okay. Looks like your back rim and spokes are toast, but any other damage to the bike? Also glad to hear they caught the bastard
The Lawyer (bike accident specialized) took the bike to his regular bike shop to have it evaluated. The frame is CF, so it would have to be inspected very good. The way that tire desintegrated, I think it caused some damage to the bottom. The front tire was wobbling a little. Brakes and front derailure (dura ace) looked fine at a glance, and the brifters may be salvageable. The lights all survive. The car hit the tire and maybe a little of the Titanium rear rack, which bend a little, but usable for another bike.
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Damn dude. I hope you heal up quickly. That was definitely one of those "worst fears" situations that put chills down one's spine but you came out OK and hopefully your bike will also come back from the dead.

My last 2 crashes sent me to the hospital with a renewed sense of how fragile life is. I can only thank my helmets for saving me from being brain dead on a ventilator. I would definitely communicate this event with the company that manufactured your helmet, i'm sure they would be delighted to know their product helped protect you, and possibly offer a replacement.


Thank you for sharing this with us, and keep us posted on any further news on your recovery, bike's recovery, and perp's fate.

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Wow! Another "glad your ok". Quick thinking on your part probably saved your life. That mirror may not have hurt anything either. Hope the lawyer, you and the judge/jury teach the driver a lesson that will stay with him as long as the experience stays with you. Thanks for sharing and keep us up to date on the proceedings as well as the outcome for the bike.
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You are one fortunate dude. I love riding in the early mornings as well. I hope most of those few cars I do encounter are commuting, but I reckon there is a good chance that some may be impaired. Scary.

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Huh. JimmyH told me about it, yesterday, and showed me the photos about an hour ago. I rode the same stretch on Jog Road later that same morning -- the guard rail sucks. See what happens when you ride CF? ;-) Glad you were using the mirror. If you find that you want/need those Sora 2x7 brifters, lemme know.
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Circa 1962:
I was on my way to class, cycling north on Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica, Ca. Bus pulls over for his next stop (we kept passing one another) and I pass closely to his left. Woman in an old ‘Chevy’ decides that she can pass both of us and proceeds to do so --- she was wrong. As she attempted to pass both myself and the bus, she bumped me and I fell/leaned against the side of her Chevy. She slid by and then, of course, I fell over; both elbows and knees were ‘skinned’ & bleeding. Someone called the Fire Dept (EMT). And they responded quickly, as did the Santa Monica Police. It turns out that she was proceeding to have a heart attack at the side of the road!

They, essentially, dismissed my wounds, obvious or otherwise, and proceeded to attend to the ‘perp’. I, literally, could not get these guys to offer me a couple of band-aids, let alone consider that I might have been damaged more than was obvious. It still angers me!

I was young; she was old. I was fit; she was old & fat. I was in the right; she was wrong. I still wonder if part of ‘their’ ignoring of me was the fact that I was a ‘kid’ (20yrs old) on a bicycle and not part of the normal run of things.

BTW: After this experience, I never again relinquished my right to ‘take the lane’ if my safety depended upon my doing so.

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Hey DoubleO .......... that is the closest shave you ever had ! Closer than any straight razor we ever shaved with. Glad you are alright my friend. I hope the drunk driver's insurance will pay for a new bike for you.
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Originally Posted by TransitBiker View Post
My last 2 crashes sent me to the hospital with a renewed sense of how fragile life is. I can only thank my helmets for saving me from being brain dead on a ventilator. I would definitely communicate this event with the company that manufactured your helmet, i'm sure they would be delighted to know their product helped protect you, and possibly offer a replacement.


Thank you for sharing this with us, and keep us posted on any further news on your recovery, bike's recovery, and perp's fate.

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Thanks Andy! Amazingly the helmet didn't impacted the ground. I landed (I hink, by the wounds) 45 degrees left but cheek first, then left side rib cage and finally left under arm, by the time it came to the head, the energy was dicipated enough for me to be able to keep the head up and not scrape my helmet on the pavement. However it's nice to know it was there just in case.

The lawyer examine the helmet in amaze that there was not even a scratch. However, the doctor today, told me I did suffer from a very mild concussion from the jarring of the head when the car hit the bike and jarr ny head back. Evident by the light headache I had during the day, right after the accident (I thought it was the high blood pressure I had most of the morning).

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Huh. JimmyH told me about it, yesterday, and showed me the photos about an hour ago. I rode the same stretch on Jog Road later that same morning -- the guard rail sucks. See what happens when you ride CF? ;-) Glad you were using the mirror. If you find that you want/need those Sora 2x7 brifters, lemme know.
Hi JB! I'm definitely getting them now to upgrade my son's Bridgestone to make it the backup commuter ASAP! That mirror made the difference between been hit and only the rear tire getting hit. Still God was looking out for me even when I wasn't.

Lesson learned, just because it's 4:20 am and no traffic, you can't be on your music with both earbuds on!

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Circa 1962:
I was on my way to class, cycling north on Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica, Ca. Bus pulls over for his next stop (we kept passing one another) and I pass closely to his left. Woman in an old ‘Chevy’ decides that she can pass both of us and proceeds to do so --- she was wrong. As she attempted to pass both myself and the bus, she bumped me and I fell/leaned against the side of her Chevy. She slid by and then, of course, I fell over; both elbows and knees were ‘skinned’ & bleeding. Someone called the Fire Dept (EMT). And they responded quickly, as did the Santa Monica Police. It turns out that she was proceeding to have a heart attack at the side of the road!

They, essentially, dismissed my wounds, obvious or otherwise, and proceeded to attend to the ‘perp’. I, literally, could not get these guys to offer me a couple of band-aids, let alone consider that I might have been damaged more than was obvious. It still angers me!

I was young; she was old. I was fit; she was old & fat. I was in the right; she was wrong. I still wonder if part of ‘their’ ignoring of me was the fact that I was a ‘kid’ (20yrs old) on a bicycle and not part of the normal run of things.

BTW: After this experience, I never again relinquished my right to ‘take the lane’ if my safety depended upon my doing so.

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Found out today from the investigator, that ithe driver was a she, and blew .20 first blow and the required second was .18 (legal drunk is .08). She was traveling at around 50mph (speed limit 45). I think that was the reason she wasn't stop immediately, since my guess is they where following her because she had the lights out.

I was commanding the most right lane, she just never saw me or couldn't figure out the one red steady rear light (Serfa USL-TL80) with a second on blinkie Serfas USL-TL60). And since she didn't have the lights on, all the reflectors I had, jacket, ankle, helmet, panniers, plus the new Ortileb glowing fabric pannier, where useless. The road was empty, all the cars in that road at that time in the morning for the last 3 years, have always moved to the next lane or the second left lane, way back on the lane. Those lights are impressive from the rear. I think some people see them as an emergency vehicle or something, because they always give me a lot of breath when they pass me.

By the way, all the lights survive. I had to pick them up scatter on the road, but they all work!

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Hey DoubleO .......... that is the closest shave you ever had ! Closer than any straight razor we ever shaved with. Glad you are alright my friend. I hope the drunk driver's insurance will pay for a new bike for you.
Hi Jimmy, after 3 days of no shave, I had a very nice shave with a Henkler 6/8 square point finished on my nice Turingian, that was revitalizing, just what I needed! The body shave was courtesy of the drunk driver! LOL!

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Hi JB! I'm definitely getting them now to upgrade my son's Bridgestone to make it the backup commuter ASAP! That mirror made the difference between been hit and only the rear tire getting hit. Still God was looking out for me even when I wasn't.

Lesson learned, just because it's 4:20 am and no traffic, you can't be on your music with both earbuds on!
Yeah... you can be "4:20-friendly", but not on the road -- and certainly not with both ear-buds.
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I got the police report, seen the doctors and had my first MRI done!

The driver was a 29 year old female that worked at a "gentlemen" club. She was arrested for fleeing the scene of an accident with injuries and drunk driving, a felony in the state of Florida that carries a 6 year maximum. Vehicle was registered to someone else (don't know still if it has insurance).

She refused to blow the machine when stoped and suspected of driving under the influence. She then was arrested and latter at the station, made to blow on the machine. She blew .2, that's 2 1/2 the legal limit (that was 30-45 min after the arrest). Police confirm she was driving with no lights on.

The state attorney called me and told me that she is in the motor vehicle homicide and felony cases and that I was her first case in over two years, where the victim survived. If she would have stopped to assist help, it would have been a misdemeanor even thou she could have killed me.

The cop was traveling north (opposite to us) and saw the whole thing. He told me he saw me in the air. He made a U turn and that's why it looked to me as if she was been followed by the cops. He also indicate to the state attorney that she knew she hit someone.

The brunt of the fall was taken by my left butt cheek, resulting in road rash and a hair line hip fracture. I would have to Take it eassy on the bike (no 30 milers) and be carefull for 3 months or so.

Again, I know how bad it could have been, and that the hand of God was with me that day. To been able to hear , see and avoid a direct hit, landing on pavement and not have a serious fracture or else, then having the cop see all of it, catch the hit and run, it's more than coinsidence! I thank God every day!

I know I'll get a better bike out of this thing and I'm greatfull for it also!

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Glad you are still with us, but seriously, no ear buds. Not saying you could have avoided this if you had heard it coming sooner, but why risk it?

Even on a MUP where there are no cars, don't ride with them. Hearing is all too important for safety. Aside from sight, it is the most important sense you have on a bike. I almost had a tree kill me a few years ago, but because I heard it coming down, was able to speed up enough to avoid certain death.

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Glad you're okay! And quick thinking on the bail out option - some one else might have tried to hug the guard rail and failed to avoid the brunt of the hit.
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